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Fireflies

 



In the Jim Crow South, the relationship of an activist couple is tested by civil unrest after the bombing of a church kills four young girls in this world premiere drama.

From the producers: Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. A pregnant Olivia’s fierce speech writing is the sole force behind her charismatic husband Charles and his successful Movement to galvanize people to march towards freedom. When four little girls are bombed in a church, Olivia and Charles’ marriage is threatened – as this tragedy and years of civil unrest leave Olivia believing that “this world ain’t no place to raise a colored child.”

Poet, filmmaker, and playwright Donja R. Love's works include "The Love Plays" and "Soft; Or the Dead N---- Poem." "Fireflies" is the second play in "The Love Plays" trilogy. He was awarded the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting by New Dramatists for the first play in the trilogy, "Sugar in our Wounds." Love is a Eugene O'Neill 2017 National Playwrights Conference finalist and the recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award. He is also the co-founder of The Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for LGBTQ People of Color.

Khris Davis and DeWanda Wise star in the world premiere drama. Obie Award winner Davis was recently seen on Broadway in Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Sweat," and can currently be seen on FX’s "Atlanta." Wise stars as Nola Darling in the hit Netflix series "She's Gotta Have It" from Spike Lee. Saheem Ali, who also helmed "Sugar in Our Wounds," directs.


What's the Atlantic Theater Company? Based in a converted church on the western edge of Chelsea and a smaller space on West 16th Street, this long-running Off Broadway group stages plays in the intimate, realistic style developed by its founders, David Mamet and William H. Macy. Several highly-regarded Broadway productions started out here, including the Tony winning musical "Spring Awakening." Earthy yet cosmopolitan. More here.

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